Faculty Profile

Tim Whiteford, PhD

Associate Professor of Education, Retired

Ph.D. University of Illinois

Areas of Expertise:

The role of language in mathematics; the multicultural aspects of math; and the dynamics of teaching math to students from disadvantaged homes.

Courses I Teach:

At the undergraduate level:

  • Portfolio Development
  • Student Teaching (Elementary)
  • Teaching Elementary School Math and Science

At the graduate level:

  • Math and Diversity
  • Mathematics in the K-8 Classroom
  • Teaching K-8 Science and Design Technology

My Saint Michael's:

In my math education classes, students complete a unique field experience in a public school classroom with children of immigrants from all over the world. It is exciting for my students to teach a child from Somalia how to count in English or a student from Bosnia how to multiply.

My research informs my teaching through the inclusion of new things I discover about how children learn math when I work with teachers/children in public schools. My students experience similar opportunities.

I published a book chapter titled "Making Math Meaningful for students with Special Needs" in Quick Guides to Inclusion: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities (April 2007). I was also awarded a faculty development grant to conduct a seminar on teaching math to students with diverse needs.

Tim Whiteford, associate professor of education, presented a paper at the NNETESOL (Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, on November 9, The paper was titled "My Math Counts Too." Tim also will be the Keynote Speaker at the ATMIM (Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts) conference at Boston University on January 9. (November 2013)

Tim Whiteford, associate professor of education, had his paper, Is Mathematics a Universal Language," accepted for the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics conference on April 5, 2013, in Manchester, NH. 

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